Thursday, January 22, 2009

6 Things Joel Osteen Won't Tell You

While reading Michael Horton's Christless Christianity, our blogger friend DF came to six startling conclusions about Joel Osteen.


In a nutshell, Horton majestically fleeces Osteen for preaching a defective gospel.

So, as I draw to a close on reading the book, I wanted to draw out six wrong conclusions Osteen shares about being a Christian. Read on for the drama.

Where Did Osteen Go Wrong?

Joel Osteen went wrong when he decided to become a life-enhancement preacher.

On any given sunday at Lakewood. . . Joel Osteen’s church. . .you’ll hear a pulpit full of the abundant life gospel: try a little harder and luxuries galore will fall into your lap.

Unfortunately, Osteen’s dead wrong.

When we become Christians–born again believers–God doesn’t promise a life of ease. Just the opposite.

Read the rest at


Demian makes several pertinent observations regarding the Christian faith and the promises that come with it. I am reminded of the conversation Susan and Mrs. Beaver have in C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia book, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Susan: "Is he--quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting [him]."

Mrs. Beaver: "That you will, dearie, and make no mistake...if there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly."

Susan: "Then he isn't safe?"

Mr. Beaver: "Safe?... Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good."

Prosperity and safety in this life are not guarantees found anywhere near the gospel but we can rest assured that His will is good.

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